Adelaide International Raceway, 12 Feb 1978
|1||Warwick Brown||Lola T333/T332C [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Racing Team VDS
|2||Vern Schuppan||Elfin MR8B-C  - Chevrolet V8
#11 Ansett Team Elfin
|3||Johnnie Walker||Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] - Chevrolet V8
#25 Magnum Wheels (see note 1)
|4||Bruce Allison||Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bill Patterson Racing (see note 2)
|5||Graham McRae||McRae GM3  - Chevrolet V8
#22 G McRae
|6||John Goss||Matich A51/A53  - Repco Holden V8
#2 John Goss Racing Pty Ltd
|7||Garrie Cooper||Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8
#12 Ansett Team Elfin
|8||Kevin Bartlett||Brabham BT43  - Chevrolet V8
#3 Shellsport (see note 3)
|9||John David Briggs||Lola T332 ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Tropicana Racing Team
|10||Alan Hamilton||Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Porsche Car Distributors (see note 4)
|11||Don Breidenbach||Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Tropicana Racing Team
|12||Jon Davison||Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8
#24 J Davison (see note 5)
|13||John Briggs||Matich A50/A51  - Chevrolet V8
#26 John Roberts Motors (see note 6)
|14||Chris Milton||Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Shellsport (see note 7)
|15||Peter "Chris" Middleton||Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8
#55 P Middleton (see note 8)
|16||Peter Edwards||Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8
#21 P J Edwards
|17||Chris Featherstone||McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8
#20 C Featherstone (see note 9)
|R||Stephen Fraser||Cicada  - Chevrolet V8
|R||Alfredo Costanzo||Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8
#84 Auto Sprint Motors (see note 10)
|R||Keith Holland||Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8
#6 K Holland (see note 11)
|6||Black flag/oil leak|
|DNS||John McCormack||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8
#81 Budget F1 Team
|Did not start
(Fuel pump/metering unit)
|DNS||John Cannon||March 73A/751 ["75AM"-2] - Chevrolet V8
#8 Anglo-American Racing
|Did not start
(Drive shaft flange)
|DNA||Chas Talbot||Begg FM5  - Chevrolet V8
(see note 12)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Allan Newton||McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Terry Hook||Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 14)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Keith Poole||Lola T400 - Chevrolet V8
||Did not arrive|
|DNA||Graeme Adams||Adams GA  - Chevrolet V8
||Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bronwyn Taylor||Matich A50/A51  - Repco Holden V8
(see note 15)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Ken Shirvington||Lola T400 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 16)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Warwick Brown||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T333/T332C [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||00.49.8|
|2||Alfredo Costanzo||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU36] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.2|
|3||Bruce Allison||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.2|
|4||Vern Schuppan||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8B-C  - Chevrolet V8||00.50.2|
|5||Johnnie Walker||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.3|
|6||John McCormack *||(F5000) 4.9-litre McLaren M23  - Leyland P76 Repco V8||00.50.3|
|7||Graham McRae||(F5000) 5-litre McRae GM3  - Chevrolet V8||00.50.5|
|8||Don Breidenbach||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.6|
|9||Chris Milton||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.7|
|10||Jon Davison||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU34] - Chevrolet V8||00.50.7|
|11||Garrie Cooper||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C  - Chevrolet V8||00.50.9|
|12||John David Briggs||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8||00.51.0|
|13||John Cannon *||(F5000) 5-litre March 73A/751 ["75AM"-2] - Chevrolet V8||00.51.3|
|14||Alan Hamilton||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8||00.51.4|
|15||John Goss||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A51/A53  - Repco Holden V8||00.51.4|
|16||Keith Holland||(F5000) 5-litre Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] - Chevrolet V8||00.51.7|
|17||John Briggs||(F5000) 5-litre Matich A50/A51  - Chevrolet V8||00.53.0|
|18||Peter Edwards||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Chevrolet V8||00.54.6|
|19||Stephen Fraser||(F5000) 5-litre Cicada  - Chevrolet V8||00.54.8|
|20||Peter "Chris" Middleton||(F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5  - Repco Holden V8||00.55.7|
|21||Chris Featherstone||(F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1  - Chevrolet V8||00.59.5|
|22||Kevin Bartlett||(F5000) 5-litre Brabham BT43  - Chevrolet V8||DNP|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T332 ['HU22-3'] (Johnnie Walker): Effectively a new Lola T332 built for Kevin Bartlett to replace the T330 crashed at Pukekohe in January 1974. Raced by Bartlett in the Australian Gold Star from August 1974 onwards. To Bruce Allison for 1975 and raced in Australian Gold Star 1975, and New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976, but crashed and heavily damaged at Oran Park 1 Feb. Rebuilt again on another T332 tub and raced by Allison later in 1976. Sold by Allison to Martin Sampson of Magnum Wheels, and raced for him by Kevin Bartlett in the 1977 Australian Internationals 1977, by Alan Jones at Surfers after he wrecked his T332C HU61, then by Johnnie Walker in September 1977, and in Australia in 1978 and 1979. Sampson retired the car after 1979, and it was displayed at the Birdwood Museum until sold to Bob Minogue in 1987. Raced for Minoque by Barry Ward in 1987, then sold to Paul Cromarty (Aus), then Adrian Whapham (NZ) in 1994 or 1995. To Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) by 2001 and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series. To Peter Sundberg (Auckland, New Zealand) 2009. To David Banks (Auckland, New Zealand) and raced by him in the 2017/18 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T332 'the Kevin Bartlett car'
- Chevron B37 [37-76-01] (Bruce Allison): To VDS Racing and entered for Peter Gethin in the 1976 US F5000 series (also raced once by Teddy Pilette) and in the Rothmans series in Australia in early 1977. To Bruce Allison (Brisbane, Australia) and raced by him in the 1977 UK Group 8 Championship and in the Rothmans series again in Australia in early 1978. Then to Ivan Tighe (Brisbane) and raced in national Australian F5000 and in the International series in 1979. Raced by Tighe up to the end of F5000 in Australia in 1982 and retained by him until 2001. Then sold via Race Car Warehouse (Brighton, England) in early 2002 to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and completely restored. Raced with great success by Hadfield in historic racing both in the UK and in Australia from 2004 to 2008. It has since been raced by guest drivers, including Tony Trimmer at Oulton Park in 2009, Marcus Pye at Oulton Park in 2010 and Ben Anderson at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Sold in October 2014 to Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex).
- Brabham BT43  (Kevin Bartlett): Brabham BT43/1 race history.
- Lola T430 [HU2] (Alan Hamilton): VDS spare car US 1976 (raced by Peter Gethin: 3 races; Warwick Brown: 2 races); VDS for Warwick Brown Australian Internationals 1977 (won at Oran Park and Surfers Paradise, crashed in practice at Sandown Park, second at Adelaide) - Alan Hamilton (Australia): Australian Gold Star 1977 (debut R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977); Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Derek Bell at Oran Park); crashed at Australian GP 1978 and broken in half. All the surviving running gear from the wreck stayed with HU1 through various owners until reaching David Abbott in New Zealand in 2005. Over the next two years David, with Alan Hamilton's agreement, recreated this car and it first ran, with Hamilton driving, at Christchurch in October 2007. Raced by Abbott in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009.
- Lola T332 [HU34] (Jon Davison): See full history: Lola T332 HU34.
- Matich A50/A51  (John Briggs): New for Frank Matich to win the 1971 Australian GP, then raced in the New Zealand Tasman rounds before being renumbered '002' for the Australian Internationals. Matich won the 1972 Australian Gold Star in this car, and raced it in the 1973 Tasman series. Then to Barry Lewis in 1975 - Peter Roach 1976 - Dave Powell 1976 - John Briggs 1978 and damaged at a hillclimb. Via K & A Engineering to Gavin Sala 1984 or 1985, then to his son Bryan Sala. More information about Matich A50-001/002
- Lola T330 [HU8] (Chris Milton): To Haas/Hall and developed by Jim Hall with revised bodywork, radiators and rear wing for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8
- Elfin MR5  (Peter "Chris" Middleton): New to John Walker 1972, but he quickly replaced it with a Matich A50. Sold to Stan Keen and fitted with a Ford V8 later in the 1972 season, but not raced after October 1973. Sold to Peter "Chris" Middleton 1977, and raced in the 1978 Australian Internationals, and in the 1978 and 1979 Australian national seasons. Sold to Tony Parkinson 1979, then to Mike Adams 1981. It was then rebodied by Elfin, renamed 815, and raced by Mike Trengove and by Adams in 1981 and 1982. Sold to Paul Trevethan, then to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Victoria) in the mid-1980s who restored it to original specification, and fitted a flat plane crank Repco Holden engine. To David Doubtfire in 1991, then to Max Floreani in 1996, and raced by Tony Floreani in historics up to 2013.
- McRae GM1  (Chris Featherstone): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in the 1973 British season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. It was then sold to Chris Featherstone and raced by him once at the end of 1974, then through the 1975 and 1976 seasons. After a single race at the start of 1977, the car was raced by Keith Holland in four races later in the year, and then by Featherstone in the Australian Rothmans series in February 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 for the 1979 Rothmans series, but it may be that Lee Seaton of Thomson Motor Auctions owned it though this period. Sold to Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year and in 2001. Lush raced it in the Tasman Cup Revival series from 2003 to 2015, during which time it was also raced by Chris Hyde in the 2009/10 season and by Greg Thornton in the 2012/13 season. Lush also raced the car in England during the Kiwis' visits to the UK in 2005 and 2008, and at Road America in 2014. Lush sold it to its former driver Garry Dumbrell in 2016, and after Dumbrell died in October 2021, it was sold to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) in December 2021. More information about McRae GM1-015
- Lola T332 [HU36] (Alfredo Costanzo): See full history: Lola T332 HU36.
- Chevron B28 [B24 73-07] (Keith Holland): New to VDS for Chris Craft in 1973 UK series, then for Peter Gethin in 1974 Tasman series. Loaned to Adlards Crowne Racing for Craft UK 1974; returned to VDS, converted to B24/B28 specification and used by Vern Schuppan to win at Brands Hatch October 1974. Sold to Tony Dean for the UK and US series in 1975, but confiscated by UK Customs & Excise on its return from the US. Bought by Don Gray (Sittingbourne, Kent) at auction, and raced in UK 1977. To Keith Holland for 1978 Australian Internationals 1978, and sold there to Barry Singleton 1978, who raced it in Australia in 1978/79. To Jim Lowe 1980/81, but crashed at Surfers Paradise in early 1981 and heavily damaged. Wreck sold to Russel Gomersall, then to Peter Phillips, then Laurie O'Neill, then Dr Bill Marshall sometime around 1985. Run in Australian historic racing 1986-1988. To George Parlby early 1990s. To Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW) late 2005, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2006 to 2010. Robert Tweedie (Sydney, NSW) 2012, and raced by his son Tom Tweedie, in historic racing from 2013 onwards. More information about Chevron B24 B24-73-07
- Begg FM5  (Chas Talbot): Built new in 1973 by Fred McLean for Allan McCully for the 1973/74 New Zealand Gold Star, and regarded by McLean as a FM5, not a Begg FM5. To Graham Baker 1974 and raced in Tasman 1974, the 1974/75 and 1975/76 Gold Star, and the 1976 NZ Internationals. To Charles Talbot (Australia) 1976, and raced by him in the 1977 and 1978 Rothmans Australian Internationals. Presumably the car raced by Allan R. Nitschke in Australia from 1979 to 1982. Then unknown until acquired by Bryan and Graham Sala about 1990. Bought at auction in Australia by Gavin Hicks (Auckland, NZ) about 1991 and sold by him to Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) 2001. Raced by O'Donnell in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to the 2012/13 season. Returned two years later for the New Zealand Festival at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about Begg FM5/2
- McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] (Allan Newton): See full history: McLaren M18 500-01.
- Lola T332 [HU28] (Terry Hook): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
- Matich A50/A51  (Bronwyn Taylor): Bought by Johnny Walker, and fitted with the engine and transmission from his Elfin MR5. Raced by Walker in the 1972 Australian Gold Star, 1973 Australian Internationals, then to America for four races in the US series. To Jon Davison for the 1974 Australian Gold Star and 1975 Australian Internationals 1975 Australian Gold Star, 1976 Australian Internationals, 1976 Australian Gold Star, and 1977 Australian Internationals. To Bronwyn Taylor 1977 and raced in 1978 and 1979 - Geoff Munyard 1980 - leased to Kevin Leighton 1982 - Graham Stoll - Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) - Ziggy Schueller 1990 - Ken Smith (NZ) 1992 or 1993 - James Boult (NZ) 1996 - Russell Greer (NZ) 1996 - Richard Bendell (Australia) 2001 - Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) 2004 - Philip Lewis 2013.
- Lola T400 [HU4] (Ken Shirvington): See full history: Lola T400 HU4.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
Rothmans series results have been collated and checked by Glenn Moulds from the widest possible range of sources: Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Car & Driver Australia, Chequered Flag, Motor Sport Reporter and Australian Competition Yearbook. Elfin material has been checked against "Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars".
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (email@example.com) if you can help in any way with our research.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 23 Feb 1978 pp8-9.
Glenn Moulds compiled these results using Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Chequered Flag, Motor Sport Reporter, Australian Competition Yearbook and Car & Driver Australia. Elfin material was checked against “Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars”. The Sandown, Surfers Paradise and Oran Park programmes were also consulted as well as television coverage of Adelaide.